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Dry dock for south Dakota class battleship

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Dry dock for south Dakota class battleship
Posted by joshdauner on Sunday, March 31, 2013 10:54 AM

I am currently trying to build a dry dock for a model base. I am using a south Dakota class battleship. what is the best material to use for this dry dock?

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, March 31, 2013 11:07 AM

I would use particle board for basic structure, then sheath it in sheet styrene.  Wood might be a bit better but more expensive depending on size of wood. And, particle board less likely to warp.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by thunder1 on Sunday, March 31, 2013 12:39 PM

Try pink insulation foam board. Its robust, lightweight, cuts easy on a table saw and doesn't warp. I built this diorama from the pink stuff, skim coated it with joint compound and used a nail and ruler to make the expansion joints in the "concrete". When dry I airbrushed flat light gray and shaded the floor and walls by brush. I'm planning a drydock diorama also with a Flower Class corvette, I plan on using the "pink" stuff, it works for me.....  Hope this helps.

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Posted by joshdauner on Monday, April 1, 2013 8:51 AM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will consider them carefully. I'm leaning towards what Don said above but im still working everything out.

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